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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

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A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

 Intro 
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PREV   Intro   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   NEXT

Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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PREV   Intro   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   NEXT

Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

 Intro 
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PREV   Intro   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   NEXT

Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

 Intro 
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PREV   Intro   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   NEXT

Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

 Intro 
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PREV   Intro   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   NEXT

Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

 Intro 
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PREV   Intro   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   NEXT

Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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PREV   Intro   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   NEXT

Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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PREV   Intro   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1   NEXT

Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

 Intro 
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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

Used with permission from Yahoo! Year in Review

A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

No. 10: Not many investors "Liked" this IPO  >>

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Top News Stories of 2012

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A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

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Top News Stories of 2012

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A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

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Top News Stories of 2012

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A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

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Top News Stories of 2012

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A contentious election, a devastating storm and shocking violence dominated the headlines in 2012. Take a look at the Top 10 News Stories based on a wide range of search data and analysis of the most-read news stories on Yahoo!.

Click the arrows to browse through the list and visit Yahoo! for additional year in review lists.

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  • So who's in the mood for some fried chicken? The website Business Insider was apparently, because they did a taste test at four top chicken chains: Popeye's, Church's, Chick-fil-A, and KFC. And that, by the way, is the order they ranked. The site says Popeye's was the clear winner with the best chicken and tastiest breading. They say Church's and Chick-Fil-A were pretty evenly matched, saying Church's has better chicken and Chick-Fil-A better breading. But they ultimately gave Church's the edge because it has chicken on the bone and Chick-fil-A does not. KFC, they say, is a distant fourth with dry chicken and bland batter. You can read more about the taste test here.
  • A judge handed down the sentence for the former Pawhuska substitute teacher on Monday. Lacey Sponsler is accused of exposing herself to students when she did a cartwheel while wearing a long skirt but no underwear in February. Sponsler pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of indecent exposure.  She was given a two year suspended sentence and can't teach for two years.  The former educator will not have to register as a sex offender.
  • For a second straight day, the full Senate voted down a leading GOP plan to make major changes in the Obama health law, as Republicans continued to struggle with how best to forge a plan that can win approval in the Senate later this week, with growing talk that the GOP may try to pass a bill that does very little, in hopes of starting House-Senate negotiations on a final deal. “We’re working our way to end – which is uncertain,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA). The latest plan to be rejected by the Senate was similar to a bill which had won Congressional approval in 2015, but had been vetoed by President Barack Obama, what Republicans labeled a “clean repeal” – even though it was nothing close to an actual repeal of the Obama health law. “It is just trying to peel back Obamacare,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued in vain on the Senate floor, as he acknowledged the ‘clean repeal’ is “only a partial repeal.” But while this plan was approved two years ago, it failed this time, mustering only 45 votes, as seven GOP Senators broke ranks to doom the measure. Only 43 Republicans had backed the first big GOP amendment on Tuesday. 7 GOP Senators voting 'No' – Capito WV, Heller NV, Collins ME, McCain AZ, Portman OH, Alexander TN, Murkowski AK — Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) July 26, 2017 Of those seven Republican “No” votes, only Collins had voted against the plan in December of 2015; the other six were all for it, back when an Obama veto was a certainty. Here's @SenAlexander's explanation for his surprise NO vote on the ACA repeal bill just now: pic.twitter.com/4teP2JyKIg — Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 26, 2017 Meanwhile, more and more Republican energy was being focused on an extremely limited health care bill – labeled ‘Skinny repeal’ – as a way to pass a bill through the Senate later this week, which would then lead to negotiations between the House and Senate in the month of August. “Skinny repeal” would involve zeroing out the tax penalties for not having health insurance under the individual and employer mandates, and repealing the medical device tax. No other provisions would be touched. “I could live with that,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), as a number of GOP Senators embraced the idea, seeing it as a way to avoid defeat in the Senate, and giving time for more negotiations on a final health care plan. Rounds says intent is just to pass skinny bill to get to conference to give time for CBO scores on changes — Peter Sullivan (@PeterSullivan4) July 26, 2017 Sen. Ron Johnson tells me he would support skinny repeal to move the process forward to conference. Not happy with it on its own. — Tara Golshan (@t_golshan) July 26, 2017 “What you’re really voting on is trying to keep the discussions alive between the House and Senate,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who expressed frustration that the Senate might have to use the ‘skinny solution’ as a fall back. “It’s disappointing that we find ourselves where we are,” Corker told a group of reporters. Democrats denounced the idea. “Skinny repeal should be called ‘gut it and run,'” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as critics said the plan would not reduce premiums for those in the individual insurance market. Remember the vote that really matters in Vote-a-Rama is the McConnell substitute at the end of the process. Think Friday 5 a.m. — Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) July 26, 2017 Over in the House, some Republicans weren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of a ‘skinny’ bill, but said the Senate must keep the process moving. “My feeling is, I’m glad I’m not a Senator,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) with a laugh.
  • For as long as there have been panhandlers, there has been an argument about whether we should give them money. A front-page story in the Washington Post on Sunday chronicled the struggles of a young man who has to drive 30 miles to beg for money to support his ailing mother after he had been run out of his town. >> Read more trending news The Cheyenne Police Department in Wyoming is the latest to join this argument. On Sunday, police shared a picture on Facebook of money collected by a homeless man, writing, “We arrested a transient for public intoxication. ... We want to illustrate that there are better ways to help the transient population than to give them money for panhandling.” The post continued, “Rather than feeding someone’s alcohol addiction, you can donate directly to local charities.” >> See the post here The post has been shared more than 31,000 times and received at least 5,600 comments. A number of people were angered by the post, including one user who wrote, “I’m sure you guys are going to take every dollar he had, and not give it back to him. The way I see it, the people gave it to him. That’s his money.” Another man wrote, “I will give my money to whoever I please. ... Because of this post, I’m going, right now, to each exit where they usually hang out and each one is getting $20.” >> On Rare.us: Fake street signs are warning Minnesota residents of 'easily startled' police There were comments supporting the department, such as, “Am I missing something? How are the Police bad guys all the sudden?? All they did was arrest a guy for public intoxication which is against the law!!” The department responded on Facebook, saying: 'It is great to see that this topic is important to our community. It should since it is a community issue and not just a problem for the police to solve. This is why CPD launched Operation Change in March. Our officers always offer social services first; if they make an arrest for intoxication, we have addiction counselors contact the person while in jail to offer help. Several have taken us up on the offer and are currently in programs. We will never give up on our mission to help those in need. Get involved to help!' >> See the post here The department later posted some clarifications, including that the money was not seized from the panhandler but “inventoried along with his property” and “held for safekeeping until he is released.” >> Read the post here
  • Early in July, the American Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donations after a sharp drop in donors in May and June. While that helped, with a 30% increase noted during the first couple weeks of July, blood supplies are being grabbed up by hospitals the moment they become available, according to Jan Hale, the communications manager of the Red Cross Southwest Blood Services Region. The issue is that roughly one in five donors are college and high schools students who take part in blood drives at their schools. During the summer when schools aren’t in session, they’re much less likely to donate - but the demand for blood never stops. “Every two seconds, somebody in our country needs blood,” Hale told KRMG Wednesday. She tells KRMG they’ve issued another emergency call for donors, and says they’ve made it easy as possible for people to find local blood drives. To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Making an appointment saves time, as does completing the RapidPass health history online before going in to donate.